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54 SPOTLIGHT ON GERMAN

54 SPOTLIGHT ON GERMAN REGION: BAVARIA Hall 6.2, stand 301 FACTS AND FIGURES Bavaria is the number one travel destination in Germany. One-fifth of the overnight stays in Germany are assigned to Bavaria. About 20% of the overnight stays in Bavaria are made by international guests. BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH is the official marketing company for the Bavarian tourism and leisure industry. BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH deals with the most important international markets in recent years. The company presents the entire range of tourist attractions in the Free State of Bavaria under the Bayern umbrella brand. Since 2015, the marketing activities have focused on changing year-round campaigns with attention-grabbing focal themes. In addition, the sub-brands WellVital in Bayern and Kinderland Bayern and the hotel brand Sightsleeping guarantee target groupspecific offers for bon vivants, families and culture lovers. Projects that the company has initiated itself, such as “stade zeiten” (quiet times), “Filmkulisse Bayern” (film set Bavaria) and “Herrschaftliches Bayern” (Aristocratic Bavaria), combine tourism with other industries and form valuable synergies www.bavaria.by. Bavaria – Germany’s #1 Tourism Region This year, Bavaria again presents more than 100 exhibitors at ITB Berlin. In addition to the various regions and cities, cultural highlights such as the Apassionata Park Munich or the Oberammergau Passion Play are being presented. Further partners are scenic and sporting highlights such as the Bavarian national parks, the Bavarian network for cyclists as well as technical highlights like the Audi Forum. What are the key trends concerning your foreign source markets? We put the question to Jens Huwald, executive director BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH… For Bavaria, European markets such as the Netherlands, Italy and Great Britain are particularly important. The ongoing trends in these markets are short trips and the experience of the Bavarian culture and traditions. People want to enjoy nature and countryside combined with the Bavarian way of life. The strongest overseas market in 2016 were the US, strongest potential we see in China. Americans are interested in shared activities such as wine or beer-tastings, cooking classes. Always in demand are offers off the beaten path and insider tips. We also recognize an increasing interest in the Passion Play 2020, mainly from the travel trade. In China especially a combination of sightseeing and shopping is important. Chinese people seem to be more independent and curious; they want to get to know the foreign cultures. For Bavaria, as the number one travel destination in Germany, the ITB Berlin is the most important trade fair, both in Germany and globally. It is always important to get in touch with the international travel industry and the people who are potential travelers to Bavaria and the ITB Berlin as the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show is the perfect place for it Jens Huwald Executive Director, BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH AUDI AG “WORLD OF DISCOVERY” AT THE COMPANY’S MAIN BUSINESS SITE Whether visitors are picking up a new car, taking a factory tour or experiencing tradition, culture or gastronomy, the Audi Forum Ingolstadt offers many different opportunities for experiencing the brand with the four rings. The Audi Forum Ingolstadt is open to everyone with an interest in the brand and around 400,000 visitors a year witness 100 automobiles, bikes and multimedia presentations illustrating the long tradition of Audi in a captivating way Martin Luther and the Reformation © context verlag Augsburg-Martin Kluger “Luther was here” – the monk from Wittenberg stayed in Augsburg for 14 days. In October 1518, in a threeday dispute with Cardinal Cajetan in the Fuggerhäuser, he refused – despite the prospect of death at the stake – to retract his theses. This and other globally respected events, as well as the monuments of the confessional age and of the religious controversy, attract numerous tourists to Germany’s Lutheran cities such as Augsburg, one of five Bavarian Luther sites ITB BERLIN NEWS • Thursday 2 nd March 2017 www.itb-berlin-news.com

Hall 6.2, stand 301 SPOTLIGHT ON GERMAN REGION: BAVARIA 55 © TLT_Peter Frischmuth As Franconia once lay at the heart of the Holy Roman Empire, so today’s Tauber Franconia region lies at the heart of the reunited Germany. The southern German tourism board branded Liebliches Taubertal (Lovely Tauber Valley), is promoting the romantic landscape lying between Baden- Württemberg and Bavaria, a valley that extends for 120 kilometres and whose lush meadows and gently sweeping slopes are chequered with pristine medieval towns like Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Six tourist routes cover the valley, offering a diverse palette of cultural sites and pristine landscapes. The Romantic Road, which leads from Würzburg through the Tauber Valley to Füssen, the Castle Route from Mannheim/Heidelberg to Nuremberg, and the Bocksbeutel Strasse through the vineyards between Aisch and Tauber, are just some of the options that traverse southern Germany’s rolling tributary valleys. Tauber Valley: Germany’s Romantic Gateway From historically rich sites like the castle ruins at Wertheim to the Bronnbach monastery, the Teutonic Order castle in Bad Mergentheim, Baroque wine merchants’ houses and the Kurmainz castle in Tauberbischofsheim, the Tauber Valley also offers famed Franconian wines, beer from locally-grown barley, and rich local cuisine. Meanwhile, a range of comfortable accommodation can be found in in the numerous towns and villages, from boutique hotels to cosy farm guesthouses and campsites with a full range of facilities Promoting Soft Tourism in the Rhön In the heart of Germany, the Rhön is one of Central Europe’s most renowned areas for natural beauty and recreation. Centred by a mountainous plateau with peaks that offer panoramic views over one of Germany’s most charming landscapes, the Rhön hosts four main rivers and is one of the most water-abundant regions in Germany. In 1991, the Rhön was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Rhön tourism association is committed to protecting the Rhön’s biodiversity by promoting “soft tourism” such as hiking, which is the most nature-friendly way of moving through the landscape, and of experiencing nature without harming it. Next to the Hoch-Rhöner Premium Trail, which stretches for 180 km over the Rhön mountains, the region also boats another 25 circular trails as well as countless other attractive footpaths. The Rhön is also a prized location for health and wellbeing tourism, the region hosting eight spa towns that offer visitors diverse vitality and beauty treatments © Rothenburg Tourismus Service, Plönlein, Exkl. WP REDISCOVER THE PAST IN ROMANTIC ROTHENBURG Goldsteig: famed hiking trail celebrates 10 years Ten years ago in 2007, the vast Goldsteig hiking trail named was declared open, allowing visitors to traverse 660 kilometers of trails that lead through the Upper-Palatinate and the Bavarian forests — from Marktredwitz to Passau. Goldsteig follows a number of medieval trails including the Golden and Castle paths, and a number of former trading, smuggling and border routes. Hikers on the Goldsteig trail have the possibility to explore one national park and five natural parks that offer a variety of unique, pristine landscapes. While Goldsteig’s main trail is a challenge reserved for longdistance walkers, another 750 kilometers of side paths offer smaller stages for day and weekend tours Rothenburg ob der Tauber is famed as an architectural gem on Germany’s Romantic Road. But while Rothenburg offers unparalleled middle ages and renaissance heritage, the city wants visitors to experience its rich, vibrant history in more sensory and interactive ways. Twice a year more than 20 historical groups participate in activities which recreate Rothenburg’s times as an Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire. Every spring, for example, the city becomes a stage that recreates the events of the devastating 30 Years War (1618-1648). Visitors can visit the encampments and hear the echoing cannon fire reverberating in Rothenburg’s narrow alleys and streets. On the first September weekend, Rothenburg’s Imperial City Festival recreates 500 years of Rothenburg’s historical past. Highlights include the Teutonic knights encampment in front of the City’s gates and a recreation of the royal court in all its splendour, while large firework displays and public theatrical productions round out the program ITB BERLIN NEWS • Thursday 2 nd March 2017

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